RD530 - Report on the Proposed Incentive Program for Hardwood Forest Management – October 2021


Executive Summary:

Report on the findings, recommendations, and draft legislation of the work group convened for the purpose of developing and providing recommendations to state and local governments related to policies which encourage the conservation of mature trees and tree cover on sites being developed, increase tree canopy cover in communities, and to encourage the planting of trees; and shall examine Virginia's existing enabling statutes and their use related to the preservation, planting, and replacement of trees during the land development process, including, but not limited to, §§ 15.2-960, 15.2-961, 15.2-961.1, and 15.2-961.2, Code of Virginia, and recommend potential changes to those sections that would enhance the preservation, planting, and replacement of trees during the land development process and incentives for the preservation, planting, or replacement of trees during the land development process.